Erasmus+European Solidarity Corps

Sweden Visby EVS European Solidarity Corps

GSXI will bring together 8 volunteers in Suderbyn Permaculture Ecovillage which defines itself as a social laboratory, an experiment and a playground. The volunteers live and work as co-residents and have the opportunity to experience all the aspects of the holistic model of sustainable living Suderbyn offers for a year. This is an international community comprised of around 20 people in winter and 30 in summer living tightly together and sharing resources. Sustainable living, eco-consciousness, community building and active citizenship are some of the core themes around which the activity revolves. There are 3 different positions the applicants can opt for. The work involves developing the physical infrastructure of the ecovillage, gardening and participating in international projects. English is the main language of communication.


The volunteers have simple accommodation, either a small room or shared a room with each other, and the same conditions apply to permanent inhabitants and is part of the voluntary simplicity of life in Suderbyn. Volunteers are divided into two groups and start in April and October 2021 respectively. Food is ecological, vegan and is procured in bulk for the whole community. There is no meat and limited dairy consumption. The town is 8km away. A bike will be assigned to each volunteer upon their arrival. There is a carpool on site and a bus station close by.



GSXI will impart: Practical competences in organic/permaculture gardening; sustainable food production & culinary arts; eco-construction, maintenance and renovation; Micro-scale energy systems and renewable resources. Organizational competences in project management and administration. Communication skills on non-violent interaction, conflict resolution methods, group facilitation techniques. Theoretical knowledge on closed-loop systems, permaculture design principles, sociocratic decision-making, planetary boundaries and ecological footprints, alternative economics and transition culture.


The main criterion for GSXI is the personal motivation of candidates to engage in sustainable lifestyle and community living. It’s important to demonstrate a basic understanding of actual living conditions in Suderbyn. Those who show curiosity and enthusiasm towards the areas mentioned above are more likely to be selected. The project setting ultimately involves a rural lifestyle and might not be suitable for those who prefer urban activities. Good luck!


 A total of 52 week(s) during the period 01/04/2021 to 31/12/2022


 Västerhejde Toftavägen 211, 62199 Visby Sweden


Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Belarus, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Algeria, Estonia, Egypt, Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Georgia, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Iceland, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Libya, Morocco, Moldova (Republic of), Montenegro, North Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Palestine, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Russian Federation, Slovenia, Slovakia, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Kosovo * UN resolution, British Antarctic Territory, Anguilla, Aruba, Saint Barthélemy, Bermuda, Bonaire Sint Eustatius and Saba, Canary Islands, Curaçao, Falkland Islands, French Guiana, Greenland, Guadeloupe, British Indian Ocean Territory, Cayman Islands, Saint Martin (french part), Martinique, Montserrat, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, St Pierre and Miquelon, Pitcairn, Réunion, Saint Helena, Turks and Caicos Islands, French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Virgin Islands (British), Wallis and Futuna


 Citizenship and democratic participation

 Environment and natural protection

 Health and wellbeing


 Application deadline: 01/11/2020

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